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Vampires Rock: The Ghost Train Tickets at the Opera House, Manchester
Saturday 20th February 2016
Tickets from £27.40
After 12 years and over a million tickets sold Steve Steinman returns as Barron Von Rockula in the all new Vampires Rock Saga, The Ghost Train.
As Club Live and Let Die burns to the ground, Barron Von Rockula played By Steve Steinman flees the ill fated club with his band of blood sucking vampires in search of a new home. Eventually they come across an old abandoned fair ground ride The Ghost Train where they take refuge and make this their new home. The Barron and his motley crew then set a cunning plan to lure victims into the ride and to live in Rock n Roll hell forever.
Along with Steve Steinman, is a full cast of superb singers, dancers and a formidable band blast their way through some of the greatest ever classic rock anthems including We Will Rock You, Bat Out of Hell, Sweet Child Of Mine, Total Eclipse of the Heart and many more!
“FANTASIC, SEXY, VERY FUNNY, AND FABULOUSLEY OVER THE TOP SHOW”
Steve Steinman’s ‘Vampires Rock’ is celebrating its 11th year of touring as it swooped into Cardiff’s St David’s Hall to entertain a far from full house who nevertheless entered into the spirit of the production.
It’s a hybrid of circus and adult pantomime and on that basis it ticks the anticipated boxes with an elaborate set, outrageous costumes, loud music and some impressive pyrotechnics.
With the simplest of premises it provides a platform for a series of well-known rock anthems.
Steve Steinman is the driving force behind the production and plays the role of evil Baron Von Rockula, owner of the Live and Let Die club. In search of a new bride the Baron must convince the unsuspecting Pandora who auditions for the new singing position, to cross over to the dark side and live for ever in Rock N Roll Hell.
Steinman has a great rock voice that might have carried him to individual stardom in a more conventional stage role but his creation has clearly gained a devoted fan base and earned him and his crew a regular and enduring circuit.
The club’s janitor ‘Bossley’ played way over the top by John Evans shows himself to be a closet rock star with a huge voice and a surprising stage presence once he ditches the rags and employs a Mercury-style jump suit.
Bringing a circus element to the show are dancers, Hayley Russell, Victoria Jones and aerial artist Chloe Bass. They also doubled as Von Rocula’s ‘brides’ and backing singers. The five-piece band were well drilled and tore through a set of rock classics including; We Will Rock You, Bat Out of Hell, Highway to Hell, Since You’ve Been Gone ,Sweet Child Of Mine, Total Eclipse of the Heart and many more.
The stage set was suitably gothic with an abundance of skulls, flames, parapets and a backdrop of forbidding arch windows looking out onto a bleak night sky. The musicians brought to mind an unholy alliance of Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper.
A large percentage of the audience were on their feet for much of the second half, not only dancing and singing along but joining in with much of the dialogue and repartee, suggesting many of them have been following this outfit around the country.
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